Jens Risom: What is “Good Design?”


Risom has summed up his philosophy in these ways:

“Good design means that anything good will go well with other equally good things – contemporary or traditional.”

“Design is Problem Solving. Good design therefore is a good solution that satisfies many requirements.  While furniture must be attractive in appearance, the detailing, materials, execution and craftsmanship that go into the overall design must also be of a very high standard, whether the product is mass-produced or made by hand.”

“Good design” for furniture can be fun, functional, high quality, and beautiful.  It withstands the test of time.  But its really saying something when a man who designed his first chair with Knoll in 1941 is still working in the contemporary period:  he released a collection with Ralph Pucci International in 2005!  Fun, functional, high quality, beautiful, relevant?  Absolutely!  Its Good Design!

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